What's up with so many Lifetimed boxes on eBay?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ebf, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. ebf

    ebf New Member

    Mar 21, 2005


    I've noticed several sellers on eBay that are repeatedly selling multiple TiVo boxes with Lifetime service. Could these folks have stocked up on LT Gift Cards? Or is there a secret loophole that allows them to keep generating Lifetime subscriptions? :confused:
  2. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Meny may be just upgrading to a Series 3 or another TiVo, it would not pay to put Lifetime on a TiVo 540 to sell even if you could because you can't make any money after paying $299 to TiVo, then the E-Bay and PayPal fees, some people put Lifetime on the Series 3 when TiVo had the offer to do so, they may have paid $600 for the TiVo and Xfer lifetime Service (with a $299 value) from another TiVo + $199 to keep a year service on the other TiVo so the out of pocket cost was $800 and they can get $1200 on E-Bay so that some profit.
  3. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    To answer the question posed by the OP - I'm convinced some found a loophole with lifetime - there are a couple of eBay users that have WAY more lifetime S2DTs and S3 lifetime's than would be reasonable.

    lessd - I have no idea what you are trying to say.
  4. funtoupgrade

    funtoupgrade New Member

    Mar 15, 2005
    Please remember that there are still many grandfathered lifetime units sitting around. Sellers do not always use eBay so it would be difficult to guage how many of these change hands on a regular basis. Its also possible somebody got an inside tip that lifetime subs were going to be discontinued early enough to invest a bundle in lifetime certificates. Another thing I have found is that some of the routine series ones and twos being sold on eBay for peanuts actually come with unadvertised subs which makes them prime candidates for transfers when occasionally offered.
  5. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

    Jan 2, 2004


    Not to mention HUMAX and then the transfer deals. It is buyer beware on ebay as well.
  6. ebf

    ebf New Member

    Mar 21, 2005
    That's what I am thinking. There is a seller now with four 80-hour S2's with Lifetime. That person has sold nearly 20+ of the same thing in the past four months! The feed back for the sold ones is all positive, so I doubt they are fake.

    I myself bought an upgraded DT (560 hrs!!) from a different seller that also sells several Lifetime boxes a month.
  7. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    It's possible these people bought up a ton of Lifetime Subscription cards/gift certificates before they ended, and they thought they'd get more for them applying them to boxes rather than just selling the cards themselves.

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